Man attempts McDonalds drive through robbery
THE 19-year-old man charged with the attempted armed robbery of a fast-food restaurant remains in custody after his court date was moved yesterday.
The Warwick man accused of threatening staff at the Warwick McDonald's drive-through window on Sunday morning, was now expected to appear in Toowoomba Magistrates Court at a later date.
Acting Senior Sergeant Lisa Self said it was the staff members' quick action that had made all the difference in the situation.
McDonald's Warwick and Stanthorpe operations manager Daine Reid agreed.
"The best thing about McDonald's is that our training is second to none so our staff are prepared for things like this," he said.
"We have a huge amount of support in place so every crew person feels confident and secure on their stations."
The incident was alleged to have taken place at 4 o'clock Sunday morning.
The accused man was reported to have approached the drive-through window while armed with a broken bottle.
The man then allegedly threatened a staff member on duty, demanding that the employee hand the cash over to him.
"The manager reacted quickly and called triple zero," Mr Reid said.
"The police responded so fast they caught him in the act.
"You can't get much better than that.
"Since the incident we have reviewed everything to make sure the right steps were taken on the night.
"Along with witnesses at the scene the incident was also caught on closed circuit television.
"Without the quick and decisive reaction of the manager and the police, things may not have turned out so well.
"I just want to say thank you to the police for their response on the night."
McDonald's Australia has offered counselling to all staff on duty at the time of the alleged attempted robbery.
The 19-year-old Warwick man has been charged with one count each of attempted armed robbery and entering premises with intent.